Sewage Tank, Santa Paula, California

Object Details

Title:

Sewage Tank, Santa Paula, California

Artist/Maker(s):

William A. Garnett (American, 1916 - 2006)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Santa Paula, California, United States (Place created)

Santa Paula, California, United States (Place depicted)

Date:

1953

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

26 x 34.3 cm (10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of William A. Garnett

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Gliding on a shaft of air in his Cessna 170-B plane, Garnett created a picture that resembles the work of Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1950s such as Clyfford Still and Robert Motherwell. While he pointed his camera out the window, Garnett maneuvered the plane until he could frame the perpendicular lines of the tank off-center, waiting until the dried ground in the empty tank looked like a mosaic of cracked paint before snapping the shutter.

Exhibitions
Recent Acquisitions: Eugene Atget, Brett Weston, William Garnett, Milton Rogovin (February 3 to May 30, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 3 to May 30, 2004, (Cat.)
Seismic Shift: Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1945 - 1980 (October 1 to December 31, 2011)
  • UCR / California Museum of Photography, (Riverside), October 1 to December 31, 2011, (Cat.)